For the second time in college football history, this weekend will feature four matchups between top-10 teams in the AP Poll. And the big 12 Championship Game is among them.
The Big 12’s title tilt pits No. 2 Oklahoma against No. 10 TCU. The Sooners are in all likelihood guaranteed a spot in the College Football Playoff with a victory, while the Horned Frogs are looking to secure a New Year’s Six bowl.
Three other conference championship games are top-10 showdowns. No. 1 Clemson and No. 7 Miami face off for the ACC title. The SEC Championship Game features No. 4 Auburn and No. 6 Georgia. The Big Ten title will go to either No. 3 Wisconsin and No. 8 Ohio State.
The only other week in college football history with four AP top-10 matchups was late November 1973. It also featured Oklahoma, Alabama and Ohio State.
Nov. 24, 1973
Nov. 24, 1973
No. 1 Ohio St. tied No. 4 Michigan 10-10
No. 2 Alabama def. No. 7 LSU 21-7
No. 3 Oklahoma def. No. 10 Nebraska 27-0
No. 8 UCLA lost to No. 9 Southern Cal 23-13 https://t.co/na6Xi5GR0m
— Ralph D. Russo (@ralphDrussoAP) November 28, 2017
The SEC and ACC title games are considered play-in games, with the victors likely locked into the College Football Playoff. TCU and Ohio State, with two losses, need some help to make it into the playoff. The Pac-12 Championship features two two-loss teams, No. 11 USC and No. 14 Stanford. Both are likely out of the playoff picture.
Oklahoma and TCU will meet for the second time this season, with the Sooners winning 38-20 Nov. 11 at home. The teams are seeing each other for a second time, which could lead to new wrinkles in what will already be an exciting weekend of college football.
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